Endeavour is a long-term personal topic where everyone in P5/6/7 gets to pick his or her own project. The project has to be ambitious. Endeavour lasts from Christmas to July. My Endeavour was on giant pandas because for my birthday I adopted a panda.
My Endeavour was ambitious because I didn’t know much about giant pandas so I had to learn a lot and do a lot of research.
During my Endeavour I had to get people to help me but I did a lot by myself, I got help from the WWF and Edinburgh Zoo because they gave me a lot of information that I couldn’t find on the internet. The people that helped me were my dad, my mum, Mrs Clark, WWF, Edinburgh Zoo and National Geographic.
For my Endeavour I achieved a sway, an enclosure, a poster, a quiz, description for my enclosure, Chinese Calligraphy, annotated picture of giant panda and a panda cupcake fundraiser. The things I have learned are facts about giant pandas, how to write giant panda in Chinese calligraphy, how to draw giant pandas and skills. The skills I have learned during Endeavour are time management and organisation.
During Endeavour everyone had to overcome problems I had to overcome quite a few problems. My problems were when I had to make my enclosure, my picture, my poster and my quiz. When I was making my enclosure at first I had made it out of a cardboard type thing and the fence was made out of Popsicle sticks and they kept falling over. To fix my problem I re made my enclosure out of wood. My second problem was with my panda picture because when I first attempted it it didn’t work out. My poster problem was that I had completed my poster but then I had facts that weren’t accurate so I had to re do my poster. My final problem was with my quiz the problem was that I had done my quiz on my computer at home but my computer wouldn’t print so I had to re do it at school and print it off.
The thing I found the most difficult was my enclosure because it didn’t work out and it took a very long time. My next steps for Endeavour are to complete everything in time and try something more challenging next year.
On Tuesday 7th June Primary 5,6,7 of Port Ellen Primary showed everyone their Endeavour Projects. The fair was all afternoon. Some people sold things they had made and some had videos to show. Kaitlyn sold jewellery, Sarah sold her book, Jasmine sold her magazines, Sophie sold her jigsaws, Abi sold her cards, Joe sold T-shirts and Katie was selling sweets and popcorn. Some people had things for other people to try; Matthew, who was doing House building, had children cementing bricks and Ronan had his video game for people to play and Ellie had mexican food for people to eat and Kaya had made a strawberry cake and some people had quizzes. Everyone had a different project and we had lots of visitors from the local community who really enjoyed the afternoon. Most of the people that came bought something. Everyone had fun showing people their Endeavour.
We are nearing the end of this years Endeavour projects. On Tuesday afternoon the children will have an opportunity to show off their learning to visitors; parents, students, teachers and the local community. They have worked hard all year improving their planning, management, organisation, evaluation and presentation skills. Now they get to present that learning to a wider audience.
After the showcase children have one final task- to review and reflect on their achievements. They have to answer questions: What new learning did I achieve? How was my project challenging? Did I have any problems to overcome? Who or what helped with my project? What did I create with my new learning? Did I achieve all my targets? How did I share my learning?
They will look at the universal learning with regards to planning,reviewing, researching and presenting and the success criteria and decide how successful they have been. From their they will decide on next steps. These reviews, in the form of a PPT will be printed out and shared with parents in their learning logs.
This year for my Endeavour I am doing a documentary on horses and riding. I chose to do this because I have been riding since I was 5 (Almost 7 years) and I absolutely love horses. I have never made a documentary before, and I wanted to try something new.
I planned my Endeavour on a planning sheet that our teacher made for us. It had all of the months that we do our Endeavour and in them box’s I put what I want to achieve during that amount of time.
I have planned my documentary and I am also doing a Pony Care Book that I have planned out. I have filmed most of my documentary.
I have had lots of problems to overcome during my Endeavour such as, storage on my phone, having good days to film
For my Endeavour I am doing recycling and how to recycle I am trying to show people what can be made out of what other people consider rubbish instead of throwing them away. I got my idea from when I put things into the bin because there is always to much things in there and when my mum puts things into the clothing bank. I planned my Endeavour by filling in a long term planner. The person that has helped me with most with my Endeavour is Mrs Macfarlane. The problems that I had to overcome was when I was sewing because I sewed on the out side instead of inside so I had to do it again. So far I have up cycled a tin can by painting it and then putting flowers love hearts and other things on it, then a photo frame by spay painting it and then finding things like stones, string and buttons and get out the glue gun and put them on and then I up cycled some dungarees by making it into a bag. At the end of Endeavour I will be showing what I have made and show all of the common materials how to up cycle and a before and after scrap book.
My Endeavour is jewellery making and I chose this Endeavour because I have never made proper jewellery before and I thought it would be challenging. I planned my Endeavour with a long term planner where I filled in what I would do in all the months. I have managed to make some jewellery like bracelets, necklaces and some earrings I have also made a video on how to make some of my jewellery. A problem that I overcome was when I started to make a video and I realised that I didn’t have any lobster clasps left so I just put tape around the edges of the wire but now I have lobster clasps. Mrs Campbell helped me by giving me 4 books on jewellery making, my mum helped me by buying all the things and Ortwin Thyssen helped me by replying to my letter. I will share my jewellery and sell it and I will have a leaflet on jewellery making.
This year for my Endeavour I am doing farming. I picked this Endeavour because I want to be a farmer and it seems a lot of fun with my brother when he helps on my uncle’s farm. I have made a farming diary and I have made a presentation, a fact file and a quiz. I think it is really interesting that sheep can remember for many years. A problem I have overcome is that I don’t like cows but I have still worked with them. I would improve my time management next time I do Endeavour.
For my Endeavour this year I chose to write a story. My Story is about a Storm that hits the west coast of Scotland, when the storm hits a village in Scotland called Pugsville a family that are called the Camerons. One of their dogs run away then late at night they realize their dog is missing and they go looking for her.
Where Did I Get My Idea From?- Since I love reading and writing I thought I would do it as my Endeavour.
What Have I Achevied?- So far I have achevived my first draft of my story and some of my pictures.
Who Helped Me?- Mrs.Clark, Mrs.Cuthsworth and my mum.
What Will I Share With People At The End?- At the end I will try sell my book.
What Problems Have I Overcome?- The problem that I have overcome was finding out how to put my book onto a kindle.
How Did I Plan My Endeavour?- I planned my my characters by drawing them twice to see which one was better then I picked it to be in my book, I planned my story by doing a storyboard.